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Nikhil Pal Singh
HSTAA 236
Seattle Campus

How Race Matters: Racial Norms in the Making of U.S. Society and Culture

Confronts U.S. racial history through a series of questions: Is U.S. history a story of increasing tolerance and inclusion, or a story about confronting and reconsolidating racial dominance? How have slavery, segregation, immigration, Indian removal, and imperialism defined national identity? How does racial exclusion intersect with class, gender, and sexuality?

Class description

This class will offer a survey of US "racial" history from the nation's founding to the present. Topics covered include: Indian removal, slavery and abolitionism, the rise of Jim Crow and US overseas empire, modern struggles for civil rights and desegregation among diversely racialized groups, and newer forms of racial discrimination that rise in the wake of these struggles. We conclude the course with reflections on the racial predicaments of contemporary US society, up to and including the "war on terror."

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The course will be lecture and discussion based. Students will also be required to conduct independent research and make presentations.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Nikhil Pal Singh
Date: 10/05/2007